Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
I Wish That I Could See You Soon by Herman Dune from the 2008 EP I Wish That I Could See You Soon on Everloving.
Originating in Paris, the duo of David-Ivar Herman Dune and Neman Herman Dune, have since made the world their oyster. After all their travels and playing with some of the biggest names in music, their songwriting has reached a comfort zone that few artists ever achieve. Not only does David-Ivar put together blissful, fairytale-esque songs, but he partially narrates them as well. On
I Wish I Could… he cues the backing band and even introduces himself, creating a mini story within the story. Speaking of the backing band, those gorgeous female vocals you hear come courtesy of The Woo-Woo’s, who here add great depth to David-Ivar’s somewhat limited range. This EP marked the group’s first recording for Everloving, a label that started as Enjoy Records in 2000, beginning their catalog with Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Fairytales. The horns and unique instrumentation on the record go beautifully with the duo’s inclination towards the whimsical, as well as with the recent resurgence of afro-pop. What separates Herman Dune from the other young upstarts is that they’ve been doing it for years. Apparently a new full length is arriving this fall. A recent Daytrotter session may or may not sustain you until then. Either way, keep tabs on their MySpace page and feed your penchant for voyeurism with this video from La Blogotheque, of
123 Apple Tree and
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